April 11, 2016  

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Welcomes New Dean for the College of Medicine, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD is an International Public Health Leader Known for Helping to Define Youth Violence as a Public Health Issue



LOS ANGELES, CA — Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) has appointed
Debora Prothrow-Stith, M.D., as the new Dean of the College of Medicine.  The appointment will be effective as of April 11, 2016. In her new role, Dr. Prothrow-Stith will provide academic leadership, vision, and oversight for CDU’s longstanding College of Medicine.

“Dr. Prothrow-Stith is an ideal person to lead CDU’s College of Medicine, a program that trains physician leaders dedicated to the care of underserved and diverse populations,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President of CDU. “She has an impressive record as a leader in community-based health care and we know she will help take our program far.”

Dr. Prothrow-Stith is an internationally recognized public health leader. Before joining CDU, she advised top-tier healthcare, life sciences, academic and not-for-profit institutions on leadership and executive talent in her role as a principal at the global executive search consulting firm, Spencer Stuart. Prior, she served as the Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Public Health Practice and Associate Dean for Diversity at the Harvard School of Public Health where she created and led the Division of Public Health Practice and secured over $14 million in grant funding for public health programs. In 1987, Governor Michael Dukakis appointed her as the first woman Commissioner of Public Health for Massachusetts where she led a department with 3500 employees, 8 hospitals and a budget of $350 million. She established the nation’s first Office of Violence Prevention in a state department of public health, expanded prevention programs for HIV/AIDS and increased drug treatment and rehabilitation programs.

Dr. Prothrow-Stith received the 1993 World Health Day Award, the 1989 Secretary of Health and Human Service Award, and a presidential appointment to the National Commission on Crime Control and Prevention. She is the recipient of 10 honorary doctorates, and in 2003, was inducted into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, one of academic medicine’s highest achievements. Deborah is a graduate of Spelman College and Harvard Medical School

“I chose to join CDU because I want to be part of institution that is training physicians to effectively serve populations that need it most,” said Dr. Prothrow-Stith. “Prevention is key and training doctors to help address society’s root causes of illness makes a significant difference on the health of our communities.” 

The College of Medicine (COM) provides education, research, and clinical service in the context of community engagement in order to train physician leaders who promote wellness and provide care with excellence and compassion. Recognized by the Department of Education under Title III B as a Historically Black Graduate Institution, the College of Medicine currently has two programs. The CDU/UCLA Medical Education program is the partnership program with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Program in Medical Education (PRIME) is a dual degree program leading to the Doctor of Medicine and a Masters degree in an area that complements the mission of the program. The COM is also embarking on the establishment of a Graduate Medical Education program.

“We are delighted with the appointment of Dean Prothrow-Stith for the College of Medicine. She brings an incredible wealth of experience, huge national network, and visibility to her position,” said Dr. Steve O. Michael, Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost. “She will help bring the College of Medicine to new heights.”



Isidra Person-Lynn,
Communications Specialist
323.563.5833 or 213.422.8707




About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 575 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 615 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU’s mission is to develop a diverse group of health professional leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion and are uniquely qualified to transform the health of underserved populations through outstanding education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement. For more information, , visit, and follow CDU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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